Project Description

Human Elephant Coexistence HECx : Advocating through awareness programmes in Tamil Nadu

Human-elephant conflict is a widespread issue throughout the Tamil Nadu communities.
Elephants are venturing outside of forest areas, often daily, causing enormous damage to life and
property with roughly 35-40 human causalities per year. This project will teach human-elephant
coexistence techniques and best practices through 15 street plays and 10 school awareness
programs in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu. The traditional artform of street plays is an
effective way to educate a large number of people in an accessible way. Plays will cover HEC
mitigation techniques, “Do’s and don’ts” of living in conflict-prone areas, and important daily
practices to stay safe. These education and outreach activities will help save lives and help
communities live harmoniously with elephants.

This project is supported in part by The Berry Family Trust.